Just recently engaged on New Years Eve, Madison and Harrison have that glow about them. Being one of Madison's best friends, I can attest to the first time I saw them together after their engagement. We were throwing them a surprise party at Mellow Mushroom and I couldn't get over how indescribably happy Madison looked- absolutely radiant and beaming from the inside out. Doing this shoot with them was so fun. They're the type of couple that you just feel at ease around. They are best friends and care for each other in such a gracious and gentle way. He's an Auburn Tiger and she's a Carolina Gamecock so their time together on weekends is spent enjoying each others' company. Nonetheless they were more than willing to spend a few minutes with me in Columbia's Historic Vista on a sunny Saturday afternoon so I could share their beautiful story with you!
How did y'all meet?
M: We met in 9th grade, but we'd been going to the same church since we were little. My dad was Harrison's camp counselor in 1st grade. We didn't like each other for awhile, but eventually became friends in 10th grade.
H: We became close in 10th grade, and then best friends. I liked her but she was dating someone else. She saw me with another prom date after she refused to go with me and that's when she realized she wanted to date me.
M: He always actively pursued me.
How did he propose?
They emphasize two different stories, that are each "truth":
M: New Year's Eve in Charleston we had just come back from an oyster roast at 11:30pm to a bonfire at my house. Harrison and I saw a light at the end of my dock and he said, "I guess we should walk out". I agreed. When we reached the end of the dock he said, "Wait I have something". Then he took out the ring and put it on my finger before getting down on one knee and asking, "Will you marry me?" Then he tried to take off the ring and put it back on.
H: I got the ring earlier that day and drove to her dad's house to ask his blessing and make a plan. I worked her up all day, egging on her frustration that I was not proposing. I "noticed" the light on at the end of her dock and we walked over to turn it out. When we got to the end I got down on one knee and asked her without her answering and stood up and put the ring on her finger to which she responded, "That's it?" So I proceeded to mumble some more words and tried to re-put the ring back on.
M: You definitely put the ring on before you asked!
H: I was nervous!
Guess we'll never know which is true!
When is your big day?
M: Tentatively May 21, 2016!
What is your wedding theme?
H: Southern charm, not country.
M: Soft, romantic, Old South.
What is the most unexpected thing about wedding planning?
M: When we first got engaged it was sticker shock. Not having my Maid of Honor, Kari, here has also been harder than I thought. But it really has been more relaxed because we do have time. I've also discovered what important things I want to be included in my wedding that I hadn't realized before.
H: How many family members we have!
What meaningful details are you incorporating into your wedding?
M: The same pastor that married my parents is marrying us. We're displaying photos of my grandparents at the reception, and getting married beside the water represents where we've both grown up.
H: Our youth pastor from high school is doing a reading during the ceremony. He told us that we would get married before we had even started dating.
How did you know that he/she was the one?
H: When I couldn't get over her after multiple break ups and trying to be friends, I just decided to embrace it.
M: When I truly knew? When we broke up for three months. I called him because I missed and he called me back. When I heard his voice I knew.
Such a special couple! I cannot wait to see them continue to grow deeper in love as they lay the foundation for their marriage. Congrats Madison and Harrison!